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Carmel Academy’s 8th Grade Engineering Students Debate The Ethics Behind Bioengineering
5/4/2017
Not everything is black and white. That’s exactly what Carmel Academy’s eighth grade engineering students learned during a recent unit surrounding the ethical issues associated with bioengineering.
 
The students, who are taking a yearlong course designed to introduce them to the major fields of engineering, debated two hot button issues: whether genetically modified foods are safe and require clearer labeling; and whether the scientific advances associated with genetically modified animals and cloning outweigh the ethical issues.
 
“The topics are both very timely, as well as controversial. There are answers on both sides and we wanted to give the students the opportunity to research and explore those issues so they could form and defend their own opinions,” said Carmel Academy Middle School General Studies Teacher Darren Bahar, who co-teaches the class with Carmel Academy Middle School Mathematics Teacher Jeff Maldonado.
 
“The students were not only required to research and prepare their own debate arguments, but also had to research and understand the other side of the debate. So they were truly able to formulate a full picture of the issues surrounding these scientific advances,” Maldonado said.
 
The debate teams were comprised of two teams of four; and each team member was responsible for some part of the debate presentation, whether it was opening or closing arguments, answering questions or posing arguments. The teams were given several questions to help guide their preparations, but they also were encouraged to dig deeper, Maldonado said. Each team was given a mystery question, so they really had to become experts on the topics.
 
The bioengineering unit, which also included a lab in which the students built a medical prosthetic device, is just one of the numerous engineering fields the class has delved into this year including mechanical, materials, aerospace and computer engineering. Hands-on labs and experiments, visiting engineering experts, and experiential field trips have helped give the students real-life engineering applications, Bahar said.

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Rave "Reviews" For New Carmel Academy Book Clubs
When Carmel Academy’s Director of General Studies Curriculum, Jennifer Gensior, posed the idea of running a monthly after-school book club for the school’s third and fourth graders, she was hoping to pique the interest of at least a few students. The idea, however, turned out to be so popular that more than 20 boys and girls signed up to participate, and Gensior expanded the program to include two separate clubs that run concurrently. “The popularity of the book clubs shows the intellectual curiosity of our students and their zest for learning,” said Gensior, adding that the clubs are just one of the many ways the faculty works everyday to inspire a love of learning and a love of literacy at Carmel.
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Munchable Math Night At Carmel
Imagine being given four graham crackers, each with a value of 100 points and your goal is to create a food person worth 400 points. But wait! The catch is you can only use two of the graham crackers. The additional two crackers must be exchanged for pretzel sticks worth 10 points and/or Fruit Loops worth 1 point. Go ahead - make your edible person! Welcome to Munchable Math Night at Carmel Academy.
Our kindergarten through 4th grade students, together with their parents, spent the evening putting their mathematical minds in motion. In the course of an hour and a half, each grade tackled two engaging projects – one using food as a manipulative and the other using art materials. What did the projects have in common? They all involved grade-appropriate activities using mathematical concepts the students recently learned in their math classes.
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Rabbi Jordan Soffer Selected For The Adaptive Leadership Lab Fellowship
Carmel Academy Rabbi-in-Residence Rabbi Jordan Soffer has been selected for the Adaptive Leadership Lab (a.l.l.) fellowship. Rabbi Soffer was chosen to be part of this global adaptive leadership training program and is part of a select group of 20 young Jewish professionals from around the world. Participants learn and work together on systemic challenges facing the Jewish people, preparing them to exercise leadership in their communities. Participants convene for three different week long conventions in Israel, Budapest, and Montreal.
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